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Hillsboro track teams tune up for conference
Tigers compete at Viroqua and Boscobel Sparky Reynolds invites
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Shauna Parish, left, takes the baton from Michaela Bach to run the anchor leg of the girls 800 meter relay during the Sparky Reynolds Invitational at Boscobel on Friday. The team turned in Hillsboros top finish, placing fifth in 10:57.54. - photo by Nate Beier photo/

The Hillsboro track and field teams closed out the regular season Friday at the Boscobel Sparky Reynolds Invitational.
Team points were hard to come by at the 20-team meet as the Hillsboro girls finished 17th with five points while the  boys went scoreless.

Dodgeville/Mineral Point swept the team titles, beating Wisconsin Heights 111–86 in the boys’ competition, while holding off Cuba City 145–120.83 for the girls’ championship.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x800 relay team of Lydia Benish, April Thornsen, Michaela Bach and Shauna Parish turned in Hillsboro’s top finish, placing fifth in 10:57.54.

Bach finished eighth in the  3,200 at 14:03.95, while Parish placed 10th in the event at 14:44.36.

Adrian Marquez was the Hillsboro boys' top finisher, placing 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:16.96.

Preston Kaus placed 14th in the 200 at 25.47 seconds.

Marquez and Kaus, along with Riley Bolden and Justin Muller, combined to finish 11th in the 4x100 relay (49.84).
Ean Levy finished 19th in the discus (103–7) and 20th in the shot put (34–2¾).

“I think each of our teams performed as expected,” said Hillsboro head coach Chad Schmidt. “We have a very young girls and boys team, with not too much experience, so this season has been a struggle compared to previous years to score points and place high at meets.

“The senior girls and April Thornsen are doing well running the 3,200 meter relay.  Zea Woods, Kailey Preuss, and Belinda Griffin have also been doing well in the sprints.

“Regarding the boys, Ean Levy has been continually improving throwing discus, and Adrian Marquez has been improving in the 800.”

Hillsboro traveled to the Scenic Bluffs Conference meet at Bangor on Tuesday. Results will be published in next week’s Sentry Enterprise.

The Tigers will then turn their attention to the postseason. Hillsboro will take part in the 10-team Division 3 Onalaska Luther Regional on Tuesday. The top four finishers in each event will advance to Friday’s D3 Bangor Sectional. The WIAA State Meet will be June 5–6 at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Last Monday the Tigers competed in the 12-team Viroqua Invitational.